Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Picture Perfect....

Merry Christmas!! I hope you all are having a wonderful day.  Ours has been just perfect and I couldn't ask for a better Christmas.

We have a tradition in our home... the kids camp out in our room on Christmas eve, then on Christmas morning they have to wait for us to get out of bed and wake up, this usually is around 9am(this year it was almost 10!).  Then I take pictures as they are coming down the stairs....
They get to have their stockings and santa presents(which is usually one large present that isn't wrapped that shows up on Christmas eve) but nothing else.  Then we head to the kitchen and prepare a big Christmas breakfast..... 
 After we eat and clean up from breakfast(yes, everything has to be washed and dried!....I like to make the day last as long as possible)... we all head to the family room.... group photo....
 We then go around one by one and open gifts....
 We had to convince Mason that it was OK to rip open the paper :)

 Warm fuzzy Marine jacket from big brother Cameron...
 Cameron bought us all presents this year and spent his own hard earned money. He did an awesome job picking out the perfect gift for each of us(I think he did better with the kids than I did!).  I was the last one to open my gift from him.  I had no idea what the package could be and all he had told me was that it took awhile to put together.  All I can say was that I was literally brought to tears when I opened the package.  Not only did he get me a beautiful collage of frames, but he took the time to have prints made of pictures of us and put them inside all the frames.  Wow! I totally did not expect that. The Marines definitely made a man out of my boy, not that hubby and I didn't play a part in that, but I think they made him realize how important family is.

 And if they day couldn't be more perfect, it snowed all day... a beautiful soft snow. We had none on the ground, now we have a pretty light covering....

 Nothing better than opening up presents around the tree while pretty white flakes are falling....

 Somebody is wiped out from the day....
But the day isn't over yet, we still have a birthday to celebrate!! My youngest daughter is 15 today. Happy Birthday Becca!! She gets to choose her birthday dinner, which will be chinese this year(thank goodness they are open). Then we will have cake and icecream followed by more presents for her birthday.

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!! 



  1. Lovely,I remember last years picture of them on the stairs,they have grown a lot.
    Such a lovely family you have Tiff,enjoy the rest of Christmas.Happy birthday to Becca.
    Laura xx

  2. I got a few tears just by reading about that sweet gift from your son. You have done a fantastic job! Glad it was a wonderful day.

  3. Tiff thank you for sharing your beautiful family pics and Christmas traditions!You are blessed!Love the gift from your son,he really did a wonderful job on it.Hugs,Jen

  4. Merry Belated Christmas from New Zealand! May the lord bless you and your family in the coming year :o)

  5. I love all of your traditions. The day does seem to fly by and those are nice traditions to help stretch things out. Your day was perfect and what a lovely gift from your Marine!!

    Wishing you a blessed New Year!


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